Anyone who’s ever owned a pet knows that caring for an animal can be expensive. Those costs are especially heavy for animal shelters, including the Humane Society of Calvert County (HSCC) in Sunderland, MD. They recently hosted their fourth annual Rock-n-Roll For Rescues event to raise money that will help them in caring for the animals in their facility.
The fundraiser brought in almost $16,000.
The HSCC, a non-profit and no-kill shelter which opened in 1975, is completely run by volunteers and is currently home to dozens of animals looking for forever homes.
Gail Prisel, a volunteer dog walker who’s also on the HSCC fundraising committee, says that a group of 12 volunteers did the majority of the planning and legwork for the event.
Food and drink were available for attendees to purchase, while the function featured entertainment from The Fabulous Hubcaps and Rockin’ Elvis Jim Godbold. A slideshow of their current adoptable animals was shown, and participants also had a photo booth at their disposal. Volunteers also arranged raffles and a silent auction, which Prisel called “the best and most difficult” part of planning the event.
Prizes for the auction and raffles were varied enough to appeal to as many attendees as possible. Sports memorabilia was up for grabs, including an autographed Tony Dorsett helmet from the Dallas Cowboys and a Super Bowl MVP football signed by Baltimore Ravens player Ray Lewis.
Other prizes included jewelry, trips, pet supplies, art, liquor baskets, beauty products, games, gift certificates from a variety of hotels, restaurants and spas, tools and a guitar autographed by the rock band Van Halen.
Local papers, flyers and social networking were used to promote the fundraiser, and while Prisel advises other event organizers “to have a dedicated team work with you,” she also notes the importance of having an accommodating venue.
“We have held this event all four years in the Chesapeake Ballroom [of the Holiday Inn Solomons Conference Center and Marina]. They are always very gracious and let us use their venue at no cost,” Prisel says.
“It takes months of planning and everyone is always very helpful and answers our e-mails quickly. Whatever we need, they provide for us, and [even gave] our patrons a special room rate for the evening. They allowed us to come the day before to decorate and prepare our auction. I cannot say enough about how nice everyone is; they have already offered to host our event next year.”